Alternative English language entry

You may not require a standard English test score to apply for a Swinburne course if you:

  • had English as the language of instruction during previous education
  • have completed GCE 'O' Level English with a minimum grade of 'C'
  • have completed an International Baccalaureate
  • have studied English in certain countries.

Applicants with English as the language of instruction

Secondary and/or tertiary studies at an institution where English is the only/main language of instruction and assessment may qualify students to meet the English language requirements for study at Swinburne. 

Students having successfully completed the English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS) English Language Program ELSIS EAP 2 Program with minimum A grade will meet Swinburne’s English language requirements for entry into Swinburne courses requiring an IELTS 6.5.

Students must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of two years of full-time study (four standard full-time semesters), not more than two years prior to commencing your studies at Swinburne. 

Documentary evidence in the form of a letter or transcript is required from the institution at which the study was undertaken. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Countries recognised by Swinburne as English speaking countries are listed below.

Country List

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland, Northern
  • Ireland, Republic of
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Applicants with International Baccalaureate Diploma

Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels) or minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level).

Applicants from certain countries


Studentereksamen grade 7 in English Level A or grade 10 in English Level B.


Fachhochschulereife with at least 3 in English, or,

Abitur with at least 7 in English, or,

DAAD language test with minimum 5 stars in all sections.

Hong Kong

Level 4 or better in English language for Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.


A score of 6 in English from VWO (pre-University Education)

A score of 7 in English from HAVO (senior General Secondary Education)

A score of 7 in English from MBO (senior Secondary Vocational Education)


Vitnemal den Videragaende Skole minimum 4 in English.


VG in English.